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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    7/26/2016
    With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

    The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.

    Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

    Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

    Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.

    The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.

    Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.

    Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.

    Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:51:51 +0000

    Ahead of the Curve: New housing strategy and investment plan hopes to rejuvenate downtown Altoona

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    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    Altoona, Pa - The Elizabeth Apartments, a newly-renovated 20- unit apartment building in downtown Altoona, is scheduled to open in January or February 2018. The building is the marquee project of the Altoona Housing Strategy & Downtown Investment Plan.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:51:53 +0000

    CBICC celebrates excellence in business with third annual awards ceremony

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    BY SPENCER MYERS
    editor

    State College, Pa. - The Centre County business community gathered at the Nittany Lion Inn on Dec. 7 to celebrate the region’s economic leaders and organizations that keep the region growing.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:51:53 +0000

    Reforms expected for National Flood Insurance Program

    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was temporarily extended in September, will expire Dec. 8 unless it’s extended again, or reauthorized by Congress. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2012, extended the NFIP for five years and required significant reforms to the program.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:52:00 +0000

    INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCIES

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    Blair County pushes through population decline with workforce development

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    BY SPENCER MYERS
    editor

    According to census estimates from the American Community Survey, from 2010 to 2015, Blair County’s population decreased 1,458 or 1.1 percent. The survey also indicates a specific decrease in the younger population in the ages of 1 - 24.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:52:05 +0000

    A family that works together, stays together

    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    Family-owned businesses were once quite common, from farms to mom-and- pop shops to giants of industry such as Walmart, Koch Industries and Bechtel. Parents passed their businesses on to their children when they retired, as their parents had done with them.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:52:08 +0000

    COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCIES

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    FOR THE RECORD

    NEW CORPORATIONS

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:52:09 +0000

    Centre Foundation awards more than $54,000 in annual grants

    STATE COLLEGE, PA – Centre Foundation recently selected 25 local organizations to receive grants from this year’s field-of-interest funds, totaling more than $54,000.

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  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:52:10 +0000

    State establishes new apprenticeship program

    HARRISBURG, PA (AP) – Gov.

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  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:46:23 +0000

    Where Pittsburgh ranks in terms of millennial home ownership

    Millennial home ownership varies from city to city throughout the U.S. depending on various factors like cost of living. Los Angeles is the most expensive metropolitan area for millennials, those born between 1982 and 2000. The average home purchased in and around L.A. by someone from that generation is $560,164, according to data by Adobo. Millennials are often first-time buyers, which results in cheaper homes, about 78 percent the average home price. The data assumes a 15 percent down payment,…
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:44 +0000

    Checkers wants 24 Pittsburgh sites within five years

    Tampa-based chain driving national expansion.
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:49:26 +0000

    New CMU program to combine business knowledge and analytics

    The first cohort will start in August 2018.
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:47:47 +0000

    Well-known media placement professional changing jobs

    After 28 years, Marsha Gavula is changing companies.
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:26:54 +0000

    After Hours: Penn State opens entrepreneurial center in New Kensington

    Here are photos from the grand opening of The Center, a new entrepreneurial hub in Westmoreland County that will provide access to the Corner Launchbox entrepreneurial programming, as well as active, membership-driven co-working space, operated by Pittsburgh's Beauty Shoppe, which also manages locations in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Ohio. The project, as well as the related New Kensington Corridor of Innovation, which spans five blocks of New Kensington's Fifth Avenue, is led by Penn State New Kensington,…
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:35:43 +0000

    Lawrenceville boutique hotel construction begins

    Tryp by Wyndham hotel will feature two restaurants at former site of Washington Education Center, developer tells community meeting.
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:26:03 +0000

    CNX Resources acquiring Noble's stake in Cone

    Newly formed CNX Resources — the former natural gas division of Consol Energy Inc. — has reached an agreement to acquire its former joint venture partner Noble Energy's stake in a Canonsburg-based pipeline and natural gas gathering master limited partnership. CNX (NYSE: CNX) announced it would acquire Noble's 50 percent membership interest in Cone Gathering LLC for $305 million and the release of claims. Cone Gathering owns the general partnership interest in Cone Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:…
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:11:27 +0000

    Alcoa to reopen three Indiana smelter lines, if neighboring town agrees

    Alcoa plans to restart its smelter in southeast Indiana, one of only six throughout the country, but the company may have to contend with new local laws regarding mining. Pittsburgh-based Alcoa (NYSE: AA) plans to put three smelter lines back to work at the Alcoa Warrick Operations in the second quarter of 2018, creating 275 jobs, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. However, city council in Boonville, Ind., has banned mining for coal, gas, oil or other minerals within Boonville or anywhere…
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:54:21 +0000

    URA extends time with Millcraft for sale of Ohio River redevelopment site

    The redevelopment will include 850 residential units, some of them listed as affordable, and a marina plus office space, hotel retail and restaurants plus access to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
  • Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:52:20 +0000

    Plans for the Riviera at Pittsburgh Technology Center take a step forward

    The six-story office building would occupy one of the final unused parts of the Pittsburgh Technology Center.
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